Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Public Art at Ethiopian Village

Ethiopian Community in Seattle (ECS) and SEEDArts seek proposals for site-specific permanent artwork for Ethiopian Village, an upcoming development in Southeast Seattle.
It will feature an expanded and improved Ethiopian Community Center as well as 90 units of affordable housing. There are five areas designated for Ethiopian-centric artwork on the
facade. We are seeking an artist or artist team to design the artwork for five locations. The design fee is $40,000. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2022.

To apply visit:

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Request for Qualifications for Interior Design Services for a portion of renovated & newly constructed space of Ethiopian Community in Seattle

 Ethiopian Community in Seattle (ECS) (“Client”) is looking for professionals (Interior Designer) to provide interior design services for a portion of renovated & newly constructed space of Ethiopian Community in Seattle located at 8323 Rainier Ave., South, Seattle, WA, 98118.

Ethiopian Village includes a 90-unit new construction senior affordable housing development, renovation of the existing offices of the Ethiopian Community Center as well as construction of new offices as expansion of the Center. The expansion will provide the Ethiopian Community in Seattle additional offices, meeting spaces, a cultural coffee house and renovation of its hall. With this expansion, the organization will be able to serve more community members as well as strengthen its cultural programs. Having the center on the ground floor of the new building will also give the residents of Ethiopian origin an easy access to the Ethiopian Community center where they can secure culturally responsive social services in their own language that range from job and housing referrals to health programs.

Project Description and Understanding

We are seeking an interior designer for the area of work, which will be limited to the renovated ECS building and first floor of the newly constructed building color marked in the attached Exhibit A. The scope of services include

  • Developing and delivering interior design focused on furnishings and some finishes.
  • Coordinating the acquisition and delivery of the furnishings and finishes.
  • Receiving and directing furniture installation


Submittal Instructions

Please email your submittals to at or before 5:00 p.m. on July 1, 2022.

All submittals must be labeled: RFQ for INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES, ECS

Attention: Tsega Desta,

2100 24th Ave S, Suite 120,

Seattle, WA 98144

Note: Proposers shall bear all costs to prepare the responses to this RFQ.



Deadline for application – July 1

Interview (if required) – July 8

Notification of selected firm – July 15

Signature of Contract (if negotiations are successful) – July 22

Start Date (Once contract is signed) – August 1

Note: ECS has the right to cancel this RFQ at any time.



ECS is allocating $15,000 for the project.

Content of Submittal

Each response shall be submitted as outlined in this section. Please include an outside cover and/or first page, containing the name “RFQ for Interior Design Services, ECS.

A table of contents should be next describing each of the following:


Section #1: Firm Information

  • Firm name, addresses, and telephone numbers.
  • Structure of firm, i.e., sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, and size of firm.
  • Years firm has been in business.
  • Name of principals in the firm.
  • Primary contact person for this RFQ and their contact information.
  • Cover letter

Section # 2: Company History & Team’s Qualifications

  • A brief history of the firm and the services provided.
  • Team member responsibilities.
  • The resumes of all persons to be assigned to the Project with their prospective roles identified.
  • Accreditation and licensure in the State of Washington preferred



Section # 3: Experience and References

  • Interior designer experience in working with community centers, housing, hospitality and similar projects.
  • Experience in designing cultural and ethnic community centers preferred.
  • Descriptions and images of representative projects, whether ongoing or completed, including references (name, phone Number).

Section # 4: Management and Organizational Approach

On one page or less, please describe your management and organization approach to the project. The following should be addressed within this description:

  • Describe your firm’s understanding of the project.
  • Describe how the firm will organize to perform the services.
  • Describe what sparked your interest in being an interior designer for Ethiopian Community in Seattle

 Exhibit A

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ECS will implement the Mental Health Promotion (MHP) Project from July 2020 to June 2021 with a goal of advancing health equity by improving access to mental health services for under- served communities through raising awareness and facilitating access to mental health resources. The goal is accomplished through 1) Training of community members on mental health 2) provide mental health consultations in places of worship and at ECS on designated times and 3) share educational materials and list of mental health resources in three Ethiopian languages.

ECS seeks to hire the services of a consultant who will design and implement a monitoring and evaluation plan. The plan and the findings from the evaluation will support ECS to understand the effectiveness of its interventions and overall impact of the project. The plan is expected to include a baseline and end line survey to gauge changes at outcome level and more targeted data collection during implementation to gauge effectiveness of specific outputs e.g., training. An in-depth analysis of findings from surveys and evaluation is expected at the end of the project period with description of the effectiveness and impact of the project. The findings of the evaluation will inform future designs of similar programs of ECS.

Evaluation questions should include but not limited to:

Effectiveness and Impact

Potential conclusions and recommendations:

The consultant is expected to submit a technical and financial proposal to ECS. The technical proposal should include a detailed description of the methodology to be utilized as well as how it plans to build on previous surveys. Financial proposal should include the budget to carry out the monitoring and evaluation and schedule of deliverables.

The consultant will work with the project team to ensure accurate representation and interpretation of the project activities, outcomes, and implications of the work. Interested applicants can reach out to ECS at 2063250304 or email to secure more detailed information on the MHP project, including timelines and high-level success indicators.

Contracting is expected to start September 1, 2020 and is expected to be completed July 31, 2021. Qualifications

The consultancy will be part time for the duration of the contract, which is approximately 1 year. To apply, please submit your financial and technical proposal and three references to with the headline “ Request for Proposal – Consultancy on Monitoring and Evaluation” or mail application to the Ethiopian Community in Seattle, 8323 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle, WA, 98118. Application will close by midnight PST on August 23, 2020. ​

Position Title: Book Keeper

Reports to: Executive Director

Hours: Part time, Seven hours a week


The Ethiopian Community in Seattle (ECS) is a 501 (C) (3) with a mission to facilitate a seamless integration of all persons of Ethiopian origin with mainstream United States. Additionally, ECS aims to contribute to the social, cultural and civic life of the Puget Sound Area as well as assisting Ethiopians and Ethiopian Americans to preserve and share their ancient and rich cultural heritage.

The multilayered support provided by ECS makes community and critical connections possible for first- and second-generation Ethiopians who face all of the challenges of building a life in a new place. After helping community members gain a foothold with housing and employment, ECS works to breakdown additional barriers of language, health care and education critical to the full circle of success in any community.

ECS seeks to hire a book keeper to take care of the day to day finances of the organization on a part time basis.



To apply for this position, please submit an application to ECS by September 7, 2020 by e-mailing your application to or mail it to the Ethiopian Community in Seattle, 8323 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, 98118. Only applicants chosen for interview will be contacted.